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Review: Metric’s “Fantasies” by tjwell01
April 11, 2009, 3:17 pm
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Metric’s Fantasies (April 14th) is a complete and clean album full of new-wave pop hits that grip you till the end.

Few albums match Fantasies’ collective whole as each song evokes fresh electro-pop sounds and memorable beats. Metric’s veteran strength shows up in each song’s captivating beats and crashing hooks. Fantasies’ sound reflects today’s electro titans, without losing its 1990s charm.

Each song in the album is either good or awesome, nothing less. Tracks that stand out, like “Help I’m Alive” and “Gimme Sympathy,” erupt with catchy lyrics and good fast-paced synthesizer beats. Each song rocks hard with different styles and just the right mix of indie-rock and Top 40 pop music.

Fantasies meshes well with electro-pop groups like Santigold and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but has 1990s song structure. When I hear Emily Haines (singer) hold notes, I hear traces of No Doubt and Garbage at times. Fantasies proves Metric’s vision transcends time.

Don’t bother hitting “skip” while listening to Metric’s Fantasies. It’s a flawless ensemble of fresh sound with retro flavor.

—Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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Editor’s Pick #65: Anya Marina at Funk N’ Waffles by tjwell01
February 19, 2009, 6:16 pm
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Don’t know who this girl is? It’s okay, she’s not the next Fiona Apple, but she’s got a song on Grey’s Anatomy.

Anya Marina, one of Rolling Stone’s “break-out artists,” is a one-piece acoustic band who can rip some catchy pop songs…but most importantly, she’s coming to Funk ‘N Waffles on March 4th with two other folk/acoustic artists, Greg Laswell and Jay Nash.

Sure, she sounds like a mix between Sheryl Crow and Shirley Manson from Garbage. That’s not what I care about though–it’s her sexy voice. It’s so deliciously raspy that it sounds like she’s smoked just enough cigarettes, but not so many that she sounds like David Carr on his NY Times “Carpet-Bagger” blog.

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